The Professional Division is a scholarship program for students who demonstrate potential for a career in ballet or contemporary dance. The purpose of the program is to give the student the necessary training and guidance to achieve their goals. It is a serious commitment for both the school and the student. Admission is by audition.
Admission is based on physical facility, emotional maturity, movement quality and training potential. In addition, students must have a strong basic technique appropriate to their age. Students who are accepted follow an intensive schedule of classes including required summer study.
The Professional Division program offers:
- A partial tuition scholarship. The percentage of the scholarship increases with the dancer’s level
- Individualized programs designed to strengthen, stretch, and develop proper technique
- Dancers the opportunity to meet with the school directors for private instruction as needed
- Informal evaluation meeting with the school’s directors at least one time per year.
Professional Division students perform with Raleigh Dance Theatre and are frequently invited to perform with Carolina Ballet. Many have gone on to professional careers with Carolina Ballet, Pennsylvania Ballet, Aspen/ Santa Fe Ballet, National Ballet of Flanders and Stuttgart Ballet among others.